"thoughts about unlocking the keys to successful guitar playing "
Some are working hard. Others are not. What does a teacher do? I have some students taking their guitars home every night. They are committed to this journey. Others still can't execute chords & recall chords in progressions. There is a huge gap in my classroom. It's alarming. I give students plenty of time to practice; I've been noticing patterns of using the time and NOT using the time. How do I motivate these kids to work at their skills!?
How do you give students authentic assessment without having to spend the entire class period listening to skills proficiencies week after week?
Utilize a recording app such as Clipchamp! My students each have a chromebook! They also know how to make a video! Yes!
To assess my students ability to create a D, G, & A7 chord, I asked them to make a video "teaching me" how to execute these chords. In addition, I can look at their hand position and fingers to make sure we have limited bad habits. I can do my grading anywhere, because they are performing for me online! I really liked how this worked during my class time. In addition, it helped break up our class, so we aren't always playing together.
Students enroll in music classes for a variety of reasons. The great news is that "because it is a requirement" is not one of them. I have 15 eager students ready to take a 20 week journey with an acoustic guitar on hand. Some know nothing, some know more than the average bear, but none are exploding with guitar knowledge beyond the wall of this class. Week 1 was filled with prep work and introductory material. So far, students have added D, A7, tuning, and the names of the open strings. We also began work on the D progression utilizing the I-IV-V7 chords. We have taken off! Time to unlock some doors!